Ex-Parkersburg police officer heads state Corrections Investigations Division

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A former Parkersburg police officer who recently retired after 25 years as a U.S. Treasury Department investigator is taking on a new role in West Virginia.

Jeffery James took over on Jan. 1 as director of the Corrections Investigations Division of the state’s Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. The division focuses on the state’s prisons, jails and juvenile facilities.

In his new job, James will oversee investigations into the use of force, contraband smuggling, misconduct and other topics.

“I have known Mr. James since he was a Parkersburg Police Officer,” DMAPS Secretary Jeff Sandy said. “With his vast experience as a city policeman, firefighter, and federal agent he will be a tremendous asset to the state of West Virginia corrections. In addition, his experience working on federal drug task forces and a health-care-fraud task force with the United States Attorney’s office in Wheeling will allow us to use his skills for collateral duties.”

James recently retired after a quarter-century as a special agent with the Criminal Investigation Division at Treasury. Investigative assignments both throughout the U.S. and internationally earned him multiple commendations and awards. He was detailed to the Defense Department during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served in Iraq and Qatar. He served a second deployment in Iraq while assigned to the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations probe into the United Nation’s failed Oil-for-Food Program.

James was also a Treasury representative on a Justice Department
Joint Terrorism Task Force and DOJ task forces targeting health-care fraud and crimes against the elderly. He has taken part in dignitary protection details of U.S. presidents, presidential candidates and foreign heads of state.

James traces his law enforcement career back to his college years: he served as a campus police officer in Nelsonville, Ohio, while attending school there.

“I am humbled by the trust Governor Justice and Secretary Sandy have put in me,” James said. “I consider it a privilege to serve the citizens of West Virginia. I trust that my years of experience as a uniform police officer in Parkersburg and as a federal agent will help me to lead this agency in fulfilling its mission. I join a great team of investigators who, on a daily basis, strive to make the correctional facilities safe and operating within guidelines.”